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3 Cleaning Products you need at the Office

With any busy office people are bound to smudge, spill and stain. Windows, glass doors, and receptions desks often face the most activity and therefor the most apt to show wear and tear and general dirt and grime. Easy quick clean ups are essential to keeping your office’s first impression and overall environment for both clients and employees positive.

1. Glass Cleaner

If your office has large windows or glass doors, you know how quickly these surfaces can become smudged and dirty. Not only do these smudges make your office look unprofessional—they can also cause damage to the glass if left for too long. Keep some glass cleaner on-hand so you can quickly wipe away any smudges as they occur.

2. Disinfecting Wipes

An all-purpose cleaning tool, disinfecting wipes are the perfect cleaning product for any sticky situation you may encounter in the office. Use them to wipe down the break room table after lunch, or to clean up after an accidental coffee spill at your desk. Disinfecting wipes are also safe to use when wiping down your computer, keyboard, and other office electronics and supplies.

3. Stain Removers

Spilling food or liquid on to your lap is not only embarrassing, it can also permanently damage your clothes and disrupt your professional presentations. Keeping a stain removal stick or wipes on-hand in the office is a good way to make sure all your employees look their best, even when accidents happen. Stain removers can also be used on carpets and upholstered furniture.

 

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Professional Office Cleaning Services from Universal Cleaners ensures that your office is both welcoming and impeccably clean. We understand that customers and new clients rely on a pristine appearance. It is our job to guarantee that entry ways, lobbies, frequent locations, waiting areas and washrooms remain immaculate in order to maintain the general public perception of one’s organization.

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Ensuring  Safety is as Important as Making Sure It Is Cleaned Well

With many large office buildings there are so many people going in and out over the course of the day. These days, increased security is paramount and that means we need to have an idea about who is entering our facilities as well as some degree of trust that they are safe. We would all like to think that each and every person that we meet is generally a good person, but recently the news has been raising real concerns for companies in terms of workplace safety.

 

Safety & Your Commercial Cleaning Company’s Staff

Thankfully although these events understandably grab headlines, they are not as common as it can sometimes feel. However, they raise important safety questions about why these events happen, what we can do to prevent them or at least reduce their likelihood and common sense ways we can make our workplaces safer. So when it comes to your janitorial services company, you want to know who is coming and going and you want to know that they are safe. No one likes a constant stream of new faces in and out of your building at all hours of the day.

 

Assuring Fit & Suitability In Office Cleaners Requires Some Effort

It all comes down to comprehensiveness and effectiveness of the background checks implemented by the cleaning company in question. Your janitorial services company needs to perform comprehensive background checks on ANY employee that enters YOUR facility. Many companies neglect to be diligent about background checks and drug screening and perhaps fail to appreciate the real risk that presents you your employee and your facility. As time goes on, it is becoming more and more evident that halfhearted, occasional screening isn’t enough to make sure the workplace is safe for you and your employees.  What is needed? There are a couple of key areas that need to be thoroughly examined when performing background checks, not limited to just criminal and drug history. For instance, education, verifying employment history, and reference verification are all important aspects of someone’s employ-ability. Some companies will go beyond and do more to assure office cleaners are a good fit for the work.

 

What to be on the Lookout When it Comes to Hiring Verification

Before you decide to outsource you office cleaning to just any building services contractor, make sure you know enough about them. In the cleaning industry, many businesses having a revolving door of staff as a result of an inadequate pool of talent. To err is human, so at some point your office cleaning company will hire the wrong person, and that is okay. But, if your commercial office cleaning company is consistently ignoring or overlooking references, and criminal histories, because of the cost and time required to check a double check their people, then it is time to find a new partner or move on in your search for effective and safe office cleaning services. Don’t put you or your employees at risk, make sure your office cleaning company is following through with their background checks.

  • Police Clearance Record
  • Education Verification
  • References Follow Up
  • Employment History Verification

LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR TEAM

Universal Cleaners provides the highest quality of overall service, everything from cleaning to helping do our part to assure your workplace is safe. We believe in building relationships with our clients and good relationships are built on trust. We utilize extensive and stringent verification methods when we hire new employees to make sure that they are not only skilled cleaners, but a good addition to your work environment. After all, our business is only as good as our people.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Stop Using Toxic Cleaning Chemicals

We are dedicated to being part of the environmental solution, not the problem. For that reason, we have chosen to use Green Seal products to ensure our business doesn’t add any unnecessary toxins into your space or our atmosphere. If this sounds like something you’re considering for your business, we have five reasons that might convince you.

We are advocates of green, non-toxic cleaning products. Learn more here.

Your Lungs

If the bottle reads “use in a well-ventilated area” you just know it’s full of harmful chemicals. Studies have shown that using a household cleaning spray can increase the risk of asthma and exacerbate allergies. If you clean to remove the triggers found in your home such as mold, pet dander, and dust mites you may be doing more damage with the caustic cleaners they spray indoors.

The added scent to cover up the chemical smell is typically made of additional chemicals. Those particles do not instantly dissipate when you have finished cleaning the bathroom. They will hang in the air, penetrating the lungs of anyone who uses the bathroom over the next hours, or even days. A better choice: use natural products like tea tree oil, lavender, or essential oils to add fragrance to your cleaners.

Your Skin

As you clean, your skin absorbs the chemical in the cleaners you use. If you’re using cleaners that contain a large amount of chlorine or bleach, that could be an issue for you. Many cleaning products include hypochlorites, a caustic soda that causes the skin to burn after only a few minutes of exposure.

You may notice how dry your hands are after a day of cleaning. It seems that no amount of lotion can quench the dryness. This is because your cleaning products have leeched all your natural oils out of your hands. Alternatively, you may notice a rash, itching, or red bumps on your wrists, arms or hands. This is a reaction from your body indicating that the chemicals in your cleaners are irritants.

Your Eyes

Your eyes are delicate organs, vital to your life. When you use harmful chemicals in your cleaning you run the risk of splashing, spraying, and sprinkling them into your eyes, causing permanent damage. Your eyes are only protected by a thin mucous membrane and these toxic chemicals can be very dangerous.

Even when you are finished cleaning your home, you leave a small amount of residue on the surfaces you cleaned. Particularly in the bathroom, bleach and abrasive chemicals can be left behind to be splashed in the eyes when water is turned on.

Immediately following chemical contact with the eyes: Flush your eyes with cool water for 15 minutes. Your eyes may feel better right away, but it’s important to continue rinsing for the full 15 minutes to make sure the majority of the chemical is washed away. Once you have flushed your eyes out, immediately head to your nearest emergency clinic.

Our Environment

Cleaning products packed with nitrogen, phosphorus, and ammonia are dangerous to our earth. You may think that the damage is isolated to your home, but the effects of chemical cleaners go far deeper than that. They exit your home through your drains and pipes, into the sewers. Water treatment plants do what they can to strip harmful pollutants out of the water but those three remain as this tainted water heads to our natural waterways.

These residual chemicals now invade our lakes and rivers, affecting fish, ducks, and bugs native to those landscapes. These animals are eaten by the larger animals like mountain lions and wolves who live around the water source. It grows into the plants, which are eaten by the herbivorous deer and birds. Soon our entire ecosystem is living with the effects of your household chemicals.

Switch to Green Cleaning

The only benefit to cleaning with abrasive and toxic chemicals found in household cleaners is that they strip your surfaces more aggressively, meaning less intense scrubbing for you. However, they end result of non-toxic cleaners is the same, even if it took a little more work to get there.

We know the importance of your health, and our environment. That’s why we’ve chosen to use Green Seal certified products. It takes a little more elbow grease but the overall impact of choosing non-toxic cleaners is something we can be proud of.

If you’re running a business, you have too much on your plate to stop for office cleaning. Universal Cleaners Inc. is there to WOW your employees and your clients EVERY clean, EVERY time! Call us today to book a consultation – 905-745-7990

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Professional Cleaning and Safety in the Workplace

Every year, over one million Canadians visit emergency rooms for injuries caused by fall hazards. This costs the economy over six billion dollars annually in medical expenses and even more when you factor in lost time and reduced productivity.

Slips and trips can happen almost anywhere from your lobby to your kitchen to your walkways. With colder weather (plus ice and snow) on the way, it’s especially important to make sure you’re prepared to keep your building’s occupants safe all season long.

We’ve put together this guide to help you identify and prevent slip, trip, and fall hazards:

What Causes a Slip or a Trip?

Slips

Trips

A slip happens when there’s too little traction or friction between your foot and the ground.Slips are often caused by:

·         Oily, wet surfaces.

·         Spills.

·         Weather-related hazards.

·         Loose rugs or mats.

·         Slippery flooring.

Trips take place when your foot unexpectedly hits an object, throwing off your balance.Trips can occur because of:

·         An obstructed view.

·         Insufficient lighting.

·         Clutter.

·         Wrinkled carpeting.

·         Uneven steps and surfaces.

How Can You Prevent Slips, Trips, and Falls?

Good housekeeping (including regular, thorough floor cleaning) is the key:

  • Stick to a Cleaning Schedule

Proper floor care should include sweeping, mopping, burnishing, and buffing. Remember, a well-maintained and clean floor will offer the most secure footing for guests (especially when it’s wet and snowy outside).

How often you should clean your floors will depend on the needs of your building. If you don’t receive too much foot traffic, cleaning your floors once every few days is typically enough. If your building sees a lot of visitors pass through, it will be important to make sure you clean it more often.

  • Use the Right Cleaning Products and Equipment

Universal Cleaners has the the most effective tools designed to clean your floor. These might include mop heads made with quick-absorbing materials to help your floors dry faster (making them safer).

LEARN MORE: UCI uses the best available cleaning equipment in order to maximize results.

  • Look After Spills Right Away

If something spills on your floor, you need to pick it up as soon as you can to prevent someone slipping or falling.

Even if you aren’t able to clean up a spill immediately, always use the right signage to make sure passersby know to avoid potential hazards!

  • Remove Hazardous Obstacles

To keep highly trafficked areas clear, do not:

  • String hoses, cords, or cables across hallways.
  • Leave files, boxes, or briefcases in aisle ways.
  • Keep drawers open or loose items on the floor.

Proactive measures like these will minimize trip risks and hazards.

  • Replace Lights that have Burnt Out

One of the most common causes of a fall is reduced visibility from insufficient lighting. You should make sure light bulbs are replaced promptly to provide adequate lighting around the clock.

  • Keep Floor Mats Clean and Clear

The right matting makes a big difference, particularly during the winter as people drag slushy snow inside. Not having good, clean mats can quickly turn entrance ways into skating rinks – creating serious slip hazards. Mats should always be kept clean and secured, lying flat against the floor.

Taking steps like these will help you keep your building safe and secure throughout the snowy, slippery season!

If you’re running a business, you have too much on your plate to stop for office cleaning. Universal Cleaners Inc. is there to WOW your employees and your clients EVERY clean, EVERY time! Call us today to book a consultation – 905-745-7990

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School Cleaning: Reducing the Impact of This Year’s Flu Season

School, Daycare and College is back in session which means before long it will be that dreaded time of year again, flu season. If you’ve ever had children, you understand that educational facilities are an incredibly effective and efficient breeding ground for all kinds of bacteria and viruses. Just a few sick kids in school and disease causing germs are spread around your campus. Children are effective carriers bringing to both school and home everything from the common cold to stomach viruses and more. When we say kids love “hands on” learning, we aren’t kidding. They put their hands anywhere and everywhere. From their noses and mouths to your facility getting more and more kids sick at record pace. Without careful cleaning, your school, daycare or college could get hit hard this flu and cold season.

 

Research Shows That Your School Cleaning May Not be as Good as You Think

The ISSA, or International Sanitary and Supply Association, has conducted several studies about the bacterial and viral load in the average elementary school classroom to put together better cleaning guidelines. With this information, professional school cleaning services can focus on cleaning areas that will have the highest impact on reducing the spread of classroom pathogens. So, what areas are the dirtiest and where should you commercial cleaning company be cleaning the most?

  • The average elementary school classroom has a higher bacterial load than most restrooms, even those found on campus.
  • Contaminated versus non-contaminated surfaces appeared to be the same on visual inspection indicating that they had been cleaned by not sanitized.
  • Computer mice were found to possess a bacterial and viral load nearly four times higher than that of most toilets.
  • Key touch points (including but not limited to hand railings, door knobs and other high traffic surfaces) where commonly neglected by school cleaning programs.
  • Athletic equipment, especially athletic mats had the highest bacterial load of any single object in the school as a result of being cleaned with dirty mops, which just spread around filth.
  • In general, most schools suffer from having a superficial level of cleanliness but a low or non-existent level of sanitation in core problematic areas.

 

Targeted Cleaning of Touch Points Reduces Bacterial Transmission 

The ISSA’s extensive research revealed that touch points were the most common way that disease was being transferred from person to person in a school. Simply put, many school cleaning services do not spend enough time or clean with enough frequency to keep these high traffic touch points from being ground zero for a host of different infections and illnesses. For instance, it was found that many school cleaning services were not regularly cleaning and sanitizing shared electronics such as computers despite extensive scientific evidence that indicates they are one of the most commonly contaminated areas in a school campus.

To be an effective school cleaning service, you have to realize that having a surface or area look clean and be clean are two very different things. When we walk into a classroom, odds are it will appear to be clean. After all, what school, daycare or college wants to be known for having visually dirty classrooms? Proper cleaning goes beyond this superficial layer. It requires knowledge of key touch points and frequent, proper sanitation habits to help prevent the spread of disease among students.

Not only does proper cleaning help keep students healthy, it has a number of measurable benefits in different areas of the school. For example, a study based in Arizona State University demonstrated that when common touch points such as desktops were regularly and properly cleaned and sanitized, that classroom absenteeism decreased significantly. Why is this important, you may ask? Absenteeism and standardized testing scores are directly correlated. The more days a student is in class, the higher their scores tend to be showing how impactful proper cleaning can be on the performance of your school, daycare of educational facility.

 

The Right Company for the Job

We understand the specific challenges of managing education and institutional environments. That is why you can count on our experience and knowledge at Universal Cleaners Inc to ensure proper cleaning and maintenance services. We provide services to Day Cares, Primary Schools, Colleges, Universities, Technical Institutes, and any Learning Centre.

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Commercial Cleaning Tips for Fall

Now that summer has finally drawn to a close, it’s time to start thinking about cleaning up your business for the fall. While many people often ignore or forget about fall cleaning, it can be as important for your business as spring cleaning. Giving your business a deep cleaning during the fall can help get rid of the dirt and bacteria that may have accumulated over the summer, preparing your space for a clean and successful winter. Here are some fall cleaning tips to help get your business into the best shape possible this season.

Carpet Cleaning

Snow and slush can get tracked into your workplace during the winter, dirtying the space and wreaking havoc on your floors. Seasonal dirt and debris can be especially harmful to carpeted floors. Having your carpets deep cleaned in the fall is a great way to get them ready for the wear and tear of winter. Dust and allergens may have collected in your carpet over the summer, so having your carpet cleaned during the fall is a great way to start the season off on a fresh foot.

Clean The Gutters

As the leaves start to fall, you may notice a buildup of leaves in your eavestrough or gutter. It’s important to clear these bits of natural debris out of the way so they don’t clog your outdoor drainage system. A clogged eavestrough or gutter can lead to indoor leaks and floods, which can be disruptive to your business and be expensive to repair. Make sure your gutters are clear before the snow starts to fall to prevent any winter mishaps.

Commit to a Deep Clean

Fall cleanings require more than just a simple dusting. To fully prepare your business for the fall and winter, it’s important to do a detailed cleaning, including all on-site storage facilities, closets and lockers. A deep seasonal cleaning helps to prevent against serious health and safety hazards like harmful bacteria and mold infestations. If you need help planning or executing your next big seasonal cleaning, contact us today at Universal Cleaners Inc. Our team of commercial cleaning experts can give your business the deep cleaning needed to be comfortable and successful all season long.

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Why Those Carpet Stains Won’t Come Out

A common request we receive from our clients with carpeted offices is to have stains removed from their carpets. Whether new or old, stains are to carpet what snow is to winter: a seemingly unavoidable calamity, hell-bent on dirtying your floors and making your entrance ways look unclean.

We get it.  We know, better than most, the difficulty that comes with keeping a space clean – and the frustration that builds every time a careless employee or well-intended client spills a cup of coffee.

Why do carpets stain so easily? And furthermore, how come some stains simply refuse to come out? The answer is quite simple: carpet chemistry.

An Introduction to Carpet Chemistry

Most commercial carpets are made of a material called polypropylene (also known as olefin). Other materials, such as nylon, acrylic, polyester, wool, and cotton, are also used. However, chances are that you’ve got an olefin carpet in your space.

As a material, olefin is quite durable and actually stain resistant. It will endure day to day abuse while displaying minimal signs of duress. However, stain resistant and stain proof are two different things. As durable and easy to maintain olefin is, it is not immune to the effects of a flying pumpkin spice latte or poorly-poured glass of red wine.

Dye Sites: What Gives Carpets Their Colour

Every carpet fibre has a dye site. A dye site is an area in the fibre where colour – literally, dyes – reside. These sites give the carpet its colour. You can learn more about dye sites here.

The reason carpets stain is because new colour, such as colour coming from a spilled glass of Kool-Aid, is attracted to the dye sites. Dye sites are positively charged, and most commercial dyes are negatively charged. When they meet, they bond and neutralize each other’s respective charge. Thus, a stain is born.

Cleaning carpets is as simple as displacing the colour inside the dye site so that the original colour can continue to shine through… right?

Dye Sites Expand & Contract as Needed… For a While

The way most carpet cleaning solutions work is to expand the dye site (with hot water, cleaning solutions, and agitation), flush new colours out, neutralize the carpet’s charge, and then the wash away the dirt/stains that have accumulated. As the carpet dries, the dye sites will contract and the colour is once again “locked in”.

Unfortunately, a dye site only has a finite number of times it can expand/contract before eventually it loses the ability to do so. In the real world, this means that you’ve only got 1 or 2 real shots to get the stain out of the carpet before it “set”.

Handling Stains in Your Carpets

If all that stuff about “dye sites” and “expanding/contracting” made you uncomfortable, don’t sweat it. The good news is that you can usually get most stains out yourself if you: (A) react fast enough, and (B) haven’t stained that area of carpet repeatedly before.

General Carpet Cleaning (Stain Removal) 101

The process below is best accomplished with three or four clean, white dish towels.

  • Mix a solution of warm water and dish soap (scentless, colourless if possible). Regarding dilution, you generally want of 1:4 mix of soap to water- if the label has instructions, follow those instead.
  • Take a clean towel and soak it in the soapy solution. When it is saturated, press it firmly straight-down into the stain. Continue to blot the stain from the outside, working your way toward the center of the stain (this ensures the stain does not spread). Do not “scrub” the stain, as this may cause it to spread!
  • After you have spent a few minutes blotting the stain, switch to a new towel and rinse it with warm water. Blot this towel down until you have rinsed all the soap solution from the carpet.
  • Finally, use a dry towel to soak up any excess water in the carpets.

The above process should only take 5-10 minutes to complete and is effective at removing more than ¾ of stains you’re likely to encounter in your office.

If the above doesn’t do the job, it’s time to call a pro. Due to the nature of the carpet dye sites, challenging stains should be worked on by a professional after you have tried and failed to remove them once on your own.

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Cleaning for Health: Germs & Bacteria in the Office

According to Dr. Charles Gerba, a microbiologist from the University of Arizona who researched office germs, “For bacteria, a desk is really the lap of luxury”. The eating habits of the present era and the workplace snacking habits have been very helpful for the present rise in the bacterial population on unexpected platforms of the workplace.

READ MORE : Simple Tricks to Keep your Lunch Space Clean

According to the studies done at the University of Arizona, a simple desk used by an employee has a capability to support the lives of around 10 million bacteria. That is almost around 400 times larger than the amount of germs an average lavatory seat of a toilet has! When a typical germ control-freak employee makes all the efforts to keep himself safe from the germs found on the office toilets, he forgets that he is carrying them with himself all of the time. This, in turn, provides a very favorable environment to support the ecosystem for a colony of bacteria.

The places that a janitorial company can take care of, that work as a highway to transfer most of the germs in an office apart from a person’s hands, are the following:

  • Telephones
  • Desktops
  • Mouse
  • Keyboards
  • Photocopy machine
  • Fax machine
  • Microwave
  • Coffee Machine
  • Doorknobs
  • Elevator buttons, etc.

The above list shows the places that contain most of the germs in an office. The toilet seats, however, come in last in the hierarchy of the filthiest places in an office. Telephones in an office have been helping in the transfer of more than just a few messages. They have been considered the worst affected, with almost 25,127 micro-organisms in a square inch of the receiver. Reason being, is that so many people constantly breathe on the receiver. The second position in the list of most germ contaminated areas, goes to the desktops.

The main reasons for these contaminations could be any one or all of the following:-

  • Lack of personal hygiene, like not washing your hands after coming from the restroom.
  • People sharing things like a mouse, keyboard, pen, etc.
  • Sick employees spreading their germs by coming to office when they should be taking a rest.
  • Eating habits, like people taking a snack on their own desks.
  • Greasy fingers used to touch the surfaces of desktops, keyboards, switches, phone receivers, etc.
  • Lack of clean restrooms.

The efforts that could help the companies save frequent sick leaves are as follows:-

  • Proper janitorial and office cleaning services should be taken from some reputable and experienced cleaning companies.
  • Clean restrooms create healthy work environments.
  • Apart from restroom cleanliness, housekeeping services for proper office cleaning and use of sanitizers should also be utilized.

We are the number one choice for all your office cleaning.

Professional Office Cleaning Services from Universal Cleaners ensures that your office is both welcoming and impeccably clean. We understand that customers and new clients rely on a pristine appearance. It is our job to guarantee that entry ways, lobbies, frequent locations, waiting areas and washrooms remain immaculate in order to maintain the general public perception of one’s organization.

Contact us today for your FREE Assessment for a professional clean of your office.

 

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Summer Preventative Maintenance & Cleaning

Ah, summer, sand between our toes, the sun’s warm rays on our shoulders, the smell of the grill and the long days that promise to go on forever. It often seems, or at least many of us would like to believe, that summer’s days are truly never ending. Yet, before you know it, those long summer days come to a close, the weather turns cooler, kids return to school, summer turns to fall and the long, cold, wet winters that Ontario is famous for bellows in to add a million things to your already full plate. It can be difficult to address these problems in fall and even spring with wet weather and the bustling, busy season in full swing. So, summer’s natural slow down and vacation time offers an opportunity to give your facility a truly deep cleaning and to tackle those maintenance tasks that you simply couldn’t before. Getting a head start on preventative maintenance and cleaning can be the best way to prepare for the full swing to ‘back to business’ that so often happens in fall.

Summer is an Ideal Time to Address Your Carpets and Floors

Summer’s warmer temperatures, dryer weather and reduced traffic can make it a good time to attend to some deep floor and carpet cleaning. Low moisture carpet cleaning methods can be done nearly any time with minimal down time. And truck mounted hot water extraction carpet cleaning can remove soils, bio-pollutants and other grime and allergens that wear carpet, diminish your facility’s appearance and downgrade indoor air quality. And perhaps, your hard flooring is also in need of some TLC. Are scuffs, dings dirt, grime and dullness making your flooring look less than appealing? Summer is still the best time to address repairs and cleaning for it. Does your commercial cleaning service offer cleaning, polishing, stripping, waxing, and other repair services that are needed to keep your floors looking new and polished? If not, it may be time to contact Universal Cleaners Inc, we offer preventive maintenance packages, special cleanings and even complete refurbishing.

There’s Considerable Evidence That Reinforces the Value That Investing in Cleaning Delivers

It’s easy to make a claim, such as “employees get sick less often in clean workplaces”, but what does that actually look like? We went looking for some additional data points to determine how your business can measure the impacts provided by regular cleaning services.

We did some digging and found some great resources:

The mountain of evidence that reinforces the value of cleaning in terms of how it impacts your bottom line is growing. This shouldn’t be surprising: healthy people are more productive, more efficient, and cost less.

If you’re running a business, you have too much on your plate to stop for office cleaning. Universal Cleaners Inc. is there to WOW your employees and your clients EVERY clean, EVERY time! Call us today to book a consultation – 905-745-7990

 

 

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The Best Materials for a Clean Workspace

If you’re starting to plan out an upcoming renovation or new build,  we suggest a few things that will help your newly-refreshed space stay clean and fresh.

Universal Cleaners is constantly researching cleaning techniques, materials, solutions, and other products that will help us achieve our goals.

Flooring

The dirtiest places in office spaces are always the floors. Carpets are among the dirtiest, as they will capture airborne pathogens and grime in their fibres, but other materials aren’t too far behind.

However, more important than whether or not a given material is antimicrobial, is how easy said material is to clean. It goes without saying that regular cleaning is far more effective at controlling bacteria than simply leaving the floors to their own devices… regardless of the antimicrobial properties of the materials they’re made with.

Great Flooring Materials for Keeping the Workplace Clean

  • Epoxy – Unlike many materials, epoxy is extremely versatile in both its applications and composition. Not all epoxy will be antimicrobial, but epoxy flooring using certain additives – such as FloroSeptic – are the best option for applications where cleanliness is important. Easy to clean and care for, epoxy floors make it difficult for microbes to survive and thrive.
  • Vinyl – While not all vinyl flooring will fit the bill, you can get many types of vinyl floors (in the form of tiles or planks) that are a boon for the neat freaks in all of us. Many manufacturers will blend antimicrobial compounds into into their formulation, helping the mitigate bacterial growth on their surfaces.

The Worst Material for Keeping Floors Clean

Carpets. While attractive to look at and comfortable to walk on, carpets are quite literally magnets that suck in dirt, bacterial, mold, and more. The fibres and spaces between them become littered with debris, dust mites, and a bunch of other things that you wouldn’t want to be spending any amount of time with.

Keeping carpets clean takes more work than hard surfaces. A daily vacuum for well-travelled areas is a must!

Countertops

Speaking to kitchens and bathrooms specifically, a hard non-porous surface is ideal. We recommend vinyl laminate countertops as, like vinyl flooring, this material offers many advantages.

First, compared to stone countertops, vinyl is affordable. This is always a win.

Second, vinyl countertops are easy to maintain and clean. They can be cleaned with nearly any compound without risk of damage or discoloration (though you should check the label for the specific cleaner that you’re considering prior to application).

Third, laminate countertops can often be repaired easily and inexpensively. A small dent in the countertop? No problem! It’s fairly straightforward to fill in the dent and recover the area. The same cannot be said of stone, which can be quite expensive to fix.

 

If you’re running a business, you have too much on your plate to stop for office cleaning. Universal Cleaners Inc. is there to WOW your employees and your clients EVERY clean, EVERY time! Call us today to book a consultation – 905-745-7990

 

 

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